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William Hays (abt. 1750 - abt. 1789)

William Hays aka Hais, Hayes
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Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Husband of — married about 1777 [location unknown]
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Profile last modified | Created 20 Nov 2018 | Last significant change: 1 Jul 2020
14:15: Ellen Smith edited the Biography and Death Date for William Hays (abt.1750-abt.1789). (added source fo death date (still not certain); repositioned sticker) [Thank Ellen for this]
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Biography

William Hays participated in the American Revolution

William was born about 1750.

He had been a barber in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and enlisted as an Artilleryman at the Battle of Monmouth, and subsequently helped to enforce a boycott of the Tea Act. He enlisted in the 4th Artillery of the Continental Army, and deployed to Valley Forge, where his wife was part of a group of followers who tended to the welfare of the soldiers.

William Hays was with the 7th Pennsylvania Regiment when, as part of George Washington's army, the Battle of Monmouth was fought with British troops on June 28, 1778. William (John) Hays' job was to load the cannon, wielding a ramrod. She later became known as Molly Pitcher. When he became incapacitated during the war, she took his place in battle. Her bravery was rewarded by General Washington, who gave her "a warrant as a non commissioned officer", she was known as "Sergeant Molly," from that time until she died.

William Hais, a barber, was assessed for tax in Carlisle, Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in 1786. His assessed property consisted of a house and lot, rented; a cow; and two houses and lots.[1] In 1785, Wm Hays, no indication of occupation, is on a Carlisle tax roll with one house, rented; 1 Do (i.e., ditto, meaning a house), his own; and one cow.[2]

William Hays died in 1789 as a result of his battle wounds.[3]

Sources

  1. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission; Records of the Office of the Comptroller General, RG-4; Tax & Exoneration Lists, 1762-1794; Microfilm Roll: 326. Accessed on Ancestry.com at https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2497/33020_254649-00175
  2. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission; Records of the Office of the Comptroller General, RG-4; Tax & Exoneration Lists, 1762-1794; Microfilm Roll: 326. Accessed on Ancestry.com at https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2497/33020_254649-00027
  3. Teipe, Emily J. Will the Real Molly Pitcher Please Stand Up?, Prologue Magazine (National Archives and Records Administration), Summer 1999, Vol. 31, No. 2. Accessed at www.archives.gov on 30 June 2020.


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